Sell my house fast in Oakland

Sell your distressed house fast with no repairs and no showings. We can help you sell your house fast in Oakland without compromising on price. Houses listed on Sundae’s marketplace average 22 offers and there are no real estate agent fees paid by the seller, so you can put more money in your pocket.

  • 4,941 cash offers generated
  • 22 offers per property, on average
  • 6,000+ investors in California
  • Close in as little at 10 days
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Why Oakland homeowners sell with Sundae

If you want to sell your house fast in Oakland, you might first go to a traditional real estate agent. However, it can take a lot of time and money to get your property market-ready and list on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to get the best price. You may also get contacted by a cash buyer in your market. However, when you work with one cash buyer, you only get one offer, oftentimes a low-ball offer with predatory bait and switch tactics.

With Sundae, you can sell your house fast and get a competitive price by auctioning your property to a large pool of local Oakland real estate investors without repairs or open houses, pay no fees to Sundae, and receive your top offer with no obligation to accept.

Traditional MLS Single Cash Buyer
Process Multiple offers though an off-market auction Multiple offers through a public listing Single offer, often times with bait-and-switch tactics
Best for Properties that need repairs Properties that are move-in ready Properties that need repairs
Time to sell 10-60 days 30-60 days Varies
Sell as-is Yes Typically requires cleaning, repairs, staging, and showings Yes
Fees None to Sundae Yes May have hidden fees at close
Access / Showings 1 time access May have multiple open houses, inspections, appraisals Can require multiple inspections
Contingencies None Varies Buyer may cancel at any time
Reputation 4.8/5
500+ reviews
Varies Varies
Cash advance Up to $10,000 Varies Varies

Typical seller fees do not include payoff of loans, prorated/property taxes, HOA charges, or payoff of other secured liens against property. At Sundae, although Sellers typically pay no commission fees, we do receive a commission from the buyer which is deducted from the gross offer. The information for MLS and/or iBuyer transactions and data are not representative of all MLS and/or iBuyer transactions, and is solely provided here as an example of how Sundae transactions may compare and contrast to a MLS and/or iBuyer transaction. Other terms, conditions, and/or fees may apply for all transaction types shown above. The information provided is solely an estimate based on data currently available to Sundae and not, in any way, a promise of an actual offer to be received from Sundae's marketplace.

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How to sell your home fast in Oakland

By Kyle Spearin
Kyle Spearin is Sundae’s Real Estate Editor. As both an investor and content marketing professional, Kyle combines his passion for real estate investing and educational background with his love of helping others. His experience with real estate tech companies, including contributing to BiggerPockets Pro, gives him insight into markets across the United States.

Updated December 12, 2022

  1. Tell us about your property. Fill out our form or speak with a Sundae local expert to find out if Sundae is a good fit for your property.
  2. We’ll prepare your listing. Let us do the work. We’ll prepare your listing for auction with photos, a 3D tour, and order a home inspection as needed.

  3. Review your offers within days. Competition drives multiple offers and a fair price on our marketplace. We’ll present the highest offer to you.
  4. Sell as-is and move at your pace. Close in as little as 10 days or within 60 days. You may also be eligible for up to a $10k cash advance.

When the time comes to sell your house, you may be wondering where to start and even what to do at different stages of the process. With so much on your plate as it is, the last thing you should have to do is go through this alone.

We’ve boiled the selling process down to four easy steps. Sundae’s team of experts will assist you from start to finish to ensure that you don’t feel in the dark at any point.

Just because you want to sell quickly doesn’t mean that you have to settle for less. Sundae helps you sell your distressed house in its current condition with the potential for multiple offers. Put more money in your pocket and sell fast without any real estate agent fees paid to Sundae.

We help Oakland Homeowners sell as-is

Whether you live in San Francisco County, Alameda County, or elsewhere in the Bay Area, Sundae’s team of experts can help you sell your house fast. We have thousands of investors who pay cash in Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, and surrounding areas looking to buy your home as-is.

We help Alameda County homeowners sell as-is in these cities:

  • Alameda
  • El Cerrito
  • Mountain View
  • San Leandro
  • Albany
  • Emeryville
  • San Mateo
  • Fairfax
  • Newark
  • San Pablo
  • Fairfield
  • Novato
  • San Rafael
  • Atherton
  • Foster City
  • Oakland
  • San Ramon
  • Antioch
  • Belmont
  • Fremont
  • Belvedere
  • Gilroy Orinda
  • Pacifica
  • Saratoga
  • Berkeley
  • Hayward
  • Palo Alto
  • Sausalito
  • Brentwood
  • Petaluma
  • Sebastopol
  • Brisbane
  • Hercules
  • Piedmont
  • Burlingame
  • Hillsborough
  • South San Francisco
  • Lafayette
  • Pittsburg
  • Campbell
  • Larkspur
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Suisun City
  • Clayton
  • Livermore
  • Pleasanton
  • Sunnyvale
  • Cloverdale
  • Los Altos
  • Portola Valley
  • Tiburon
  • Colma
  • Los Altos Hills
  • Redwood City
  • Union City
  • Concord
  • Los Gatos
  • Richmond
  • Corte Madera
  • Martinez
  • Rio Vista
  • Vallejo
  • Walnut Creek
  • Cupertino
  • Mill Valley
  • Daly City
  • Millbrae
  • San Anselmo
  • Woodside
  • Danville
  • Milpitas
  • San Bruno
  • Dublin
  • San Francisco
  • East Palo Alto
  • San Jose

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How it works

How do we make money?

We want to help you net as much money as possible, that’s why there are no seller fees paid to Sundae. Sundae makes money primarily through transaction-based buyer premiums, paid subscription services for property investors, and additional services we offer to our property investors (such as title, escrow, and brokerage services).

Sundae in Oakland, CA

86

Homes listed

$485,714

Median sales price

4,941

Cash offers generated

Risks to selling your house fast

There are risks involved with selling a house with speed, but that doesn’t mean you need to worry. Instead, you need to be aware of what to look out for so that you can mitigate your risk.

When you want to make more money, it can be tempting to list your house for a higher price than other similar properties in your area. If your house is priced too high, it will sit on the market for a long time and eventually be sold at a lower price, both are counterproductive to your goals.

To avoid overpricing your house, our team uses recent market data and comps in the area. Those will inform us of a price range that will attract the most offers and net you the most money,

Another potential risk is accepting a lower offer than you wanted because you’re pressed for time. Some people in the real estate space are known for scamming sellers by using predatory tactics like bait-and-switch. They know that there’s “no waiting” on cash, so they try to reduce the price to get you to accept a lower offer.

Sundae’s marketplace on the other hand makes the home buying process simple for investors. It incentivizes them to put their best offer first if they want to get it accepted. Plus, there’s no obligation to say yes if you don’t like the offer.

Compare multiple offers for your house on your timeline

On Sundae’s marketplace, you have the chance to attract multiple offers. Though this isn’t a guarantee, our latest data shows that homeowners average 22 offers when selling with Sundae. The reason is simple: a marketplace format generates competition from our pool of over 20,000 cash home buyers.

Since investors are competing with one another for your business, they’re incentivized to put their best offer first. It may even help you get more than you asked for in the first place

Traditional MLS
Sample offer price $410,000 $430,000
Typical Seller Fees
· Commission / Service fees $0 $21,500 (5%)
· Closing costs $0 $4,300 (1%)
· Repair costs $0 $8,600 (2%)
· Cleaning charge $0 $1,000
· Admin / Misc. $0 $500
Total fees $0 $35,900 (8%)
What you could actually get $410,000 $394,100

Typical seller fees do not include payoff of loans, prorated/property taxes, HOA charges, or payoff of other secured liens against property. At Sundae, although Sellers typically pay no commission fees, we do receive a commission from the buyer which is deducted from the gross offer. The information for MLS and/or iBuyer transactions and data are not representative of all MLS and/or iBuyer transactions, and is solely provided here as an example of how Sundae transactions may compare and contrast to a MLS and/or iBuyer transaction. Other terms, conditions, and/or fees may apply for all transaction types shown above. The information provided is solely an estimate based on data currently available to Sundae and not, in any way, a promise of an actual offer to be received from Sundae's marketplace.

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When you should turn to Sundae

Sundae helps you sell your house off-market for the highest price, without any work, in any condition. We specialize in selling houses as-is. We’ve helped sellers in situations like these and more.

Property is dated or in need of repairs

Downsizing or relocation due to retirement

Structural issues, unpermitted work, or condemned houses

Inheriting a property you can’t keep

Financial distress such as medical bills or foreclosure

Sudden or unexpected life events

Vacant or problematic rental house

Damage from natural disasters

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fastest way to sell a house that needs work?

The fastest way to sell a house that needs work is by selling off market. This means selling with a fast cash offer either directly to an investor, iBuyer  or using a marketplace like Sundae. In doing so, you’ll be able to save time and money that would’ve otherwise been spent on renovations.

When you sell your house, you’ll first have to decide how you want to go about this. One option is to sell on-market For Sale By Owner (FSBO), another is the traditional way. This includes a traditional real estate agent that uses the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to market your house.

Your other option is to sell off-market using Sundae’s marketplace, to an iBuyer, or with an individual real estate investor. To make the right decision for your situation, you should evaluate all options carefully.

The MLS allows you to cast a wide net and reach the largest database of potential buyers. On the flipside, these buyers are usually people who want to move in with their families. These buyers often prefer to have turnkey houses with few if any updates needed.

If you plan on selling as-is, just know that damaged or dated houses could sit for longer than you expect. Knowing this and understanding buyer preferences, a traditional real estate agent may recommend doing updates before listing your house. That takes time and takes money out of your pocket, but doesn’t guarantee that you get your money back.

Sundae provides an off-market solution that allows you to sell fast without making any updates. Within days of putting your house on our marketplace, you’ll be presented with the highest offer you received. There are no open houses, no contingencies, and you may even net more money.

Learn more: How to Sell a House That Needs Work

How long does it take to find house buyers for a dated property

The timeline to sell a dated and distressed house varies depending on a few factors. One thing to consider is how you decide to sell: on-market or off-market. Generally speaking, it takes longer to sell a house on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

You might need to prep your house and make renovations before listing. When your property is live on the MLS, you’ll probably have open houses, showings, inspections, negotiations, and wait for buyers to get financing before finally closing. There are expedited closes on the MLS, but usually it takes several months to sell a house this way and your money will sit in escrow until then. If you sell as-is without updates, it could take even longer.

When you sell off-market with Sundae’s marketplace, you have a lot of control over how long it takes to sell. The clock starts when you have your initial call with a team member, then have a house visit. At that point, we can get your profile and market your house in weeks without any open houses or showings. Then, local Oakland investors will place offers for your house over the course of just a few days.

Learn more: How Long It Takes to Sell a House

Do sellers pay any fees to Sundae?

Home sellers don’t pay any fees to Sundae. We’re committed to helping you net the most when selling, that way you can start the next chapter of your life with more money in your pocket. It’s important to note that you are still responsible for other money owed such as the remaining balance on your mortgage, HOA dues, liens on your property, and the like.

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What’s the difference between Sundae and an iBuyer?

People want to sell fast for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it’s an inherited house or a rental property. Others want to avoid foreclosure, probate, or have another unforeseen circumstance.

iBuyers and “we buy houses” companies may promise a cash offer today, which can be very appealing if you want to sell your house quickly. Sundae and iBuyers provide speed when the time comes to sell your house, but there are several key differences. Before committing to one option, know that there are other stress-free options to get a fair offer.

First and foremost, Sundae’s marketplace connects you with potential buyers whereas iBuyers buy your house directly. iBuyers typically give you one “take it or leave it” offer. This makes it unclear whether or not you’d be leaving money on the table. With Sundae, homeowners average 22 offers and we present you with the highest. That way, you can rest assured knowing that you explored all of your options for a fair cash offer before selling.

Another distinction is that iBuyers usually prefer houses that they can clean up and resell shortly thereafter. If your house needs a new roof or has foundation cracks, you might not even get an offer. Sundae’s marketplace helps you sell in any condition, even if it’s distressed.

Finally, Sundae helps sellers net more money because we don’t charge fees to you, the seller. iBuyers often charge fees to you as part of the cost of the transaction.

Learn more: Before Selling Your House to an iBuyer

Should I sell my house now in Oakland, CA?

A common question we get asked is “do I sell my house in this market or wait?”

There are local and national trends that impact the real estate market. Interest rates are relevant nationally because they have a strong impact on what a buyer can afford on a monthly basis. It affects sellers as well because it puts more constraint on your buyer pool.

Given the current economic circumstances, some would-be buyers are waiting out to see how things unfold. That’s why we’re seeing declines in overall purchases in most markets. Even so houses are still in short supply compared to demand in places like the Bay Area and Oakland.

As you know, the Bay Area has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. It also has high concentrations of high-paying tech industry jobs. This led prices to surge during the past few years, but it appears to have leveled off. Oakland’s median home price decreased by 3.1% year-over-year to $872,500, signaling the start of a buyer’s market.

Selling your house now may enable you to capitalize on the equity built during Oakland’s peak years. Waiting may be prudent if you need a new house to move into because interest rates are so high. It’s up to you to choose what to do, just remember that it’s impossible to predict the future of the market and what rates will look like at a later date.

Learn more: How to Sell a House as-is